Foam-Head Baitfish
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Foam-Head Baitfish

Thread: White or florescent white 6/0 (140 denier).
Hook: Gamakatsu SL12S, size 6/0 to tie an 8-inch-long imitation or size 8/0 for a 10-inch-long fly.
Wire for tandem hook: A doubled strand of 60-pound-test nylon-coated wire. Slip a 1/4-inch-long piece of 1/16-inch insidediameter vinyl junction tubing on the hook to stabilize the wire.
Belly, mid-section, and back: Your favorite brand of long, soft synthetic hair. Select and blend colors to imitate your local bait fish. Add a few strands of fine flash material in appropriate colors. Use a black permanent marker to add realistic markings to the back of the fly, such as the bars on a mackerel.
Head: 2-millimeter-thick, gray or white closed-cell foam colored with permanent markers to match the baitfish. Paint the head with nail polish; Super Frost Platinum creates an attractive, realistic effect. Seal the head with a single coat of epoxy.
Eyes: Medium or large adhesive eyes.

 
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